George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Abraham Hite, Jr., 29 January 1785

From Abraham Hite, Jr.

Jefferson County [Va.] January 29th [17]85

My Dear Genl

I am sorry to inform you I was mistaken in my opinion of having seen an Entry on the Books of the Surveyor of this County, in your name; I have since my Coming to this Country had an opertunity of making enquiry in the Surveyor’s Office of this and of Fayette Counties, and Cant Learn that there are any Entries in Your name, or Warrants of Yours lodged in Either of those Offices. The first opertunity I have of making enquiry at the Surveyors Office of Lincoln County it shall be done & if I should get any more favourable Inteligence will Acquaint you with it by the first opertunity. I have the Honour to be With Great Respect Your Very Humbe Servant

Abra. Hite Junr


When GW was on the frontier in September 1784, Abraham Hite, Jr. (1755–1832), accompanied him on 29–30 Sept. on the leg of GW’s journey from the house of Abraham Hite, Sr. (1729–1790), in Berkeley County, to John Fitzwater’s house in Brocks Gap, Rockingham County, Virginia. Before the war, young Hite spent time in Kentucky and surveyed land there. Jefferson County from where he was writing was one of three Virginia counties created in the Kentucky region between 1777 and 1780. Both he and his father settled in Kentucky in the 1780s.

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